North Carolina’s solid waste policy reflects the state’s desire to reduce, reuse and recycle before turning to disposal as a management option for solid waste. To that end, the North Carolina General Assembly established a hierarchy of preferred alternatives to using landfills. The first option, after reduction, reuse and recycling, is composting.

For more information contact: Donna Wilson, Engineering Project Manager, at (919) 707-8255 or

Compost Operator Training

Compost Operator Training

The new compost rule changes, effective November 2019, require that compost facilities have an operator, supervisor or manager trained in compost operations according to a Division-approved course. The requirement applies to Large Type 1, Large Type 2, all Type 3 and all Type 4 compost facilities. The rule can be viewed at: 15A NCAC 13B .1406(19).

Existing permitted compost facilities are required to have an operator approved by November 1, 2022.  New facilities permitted after November 1, 2019, are required to have an approved operator within 18 months of the first permit issuance. 

A person who has achieved and maintained compost operator certification from the U.S. Compost Council Certification Commission is considered to have met the requirement. Other existing compost operator training courses can be considered for approval.

The Solid Waste Section is currently working with contractors to develop additional approved training courses, and will update this page as courses are developed. 

Interested training providers may contact Deb Aja by email at for more information.

Due to COVID-19, it is anticipated that training courses will be conducted online. In-person training courses will be developed and conducted according to public health guidance.

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